OBSIDIAN (2020) Review and overview of sci-fi medical horror



Obsidian is a 2020 American science fiction horror film about illegal medical experiments that have hideous side effects.

Written, directed, photographed and edited by Erica Summers (Mister White; Lover Boy; Rag Doll). Co-produced by Sonny Dyon, Eric Miles and Erica Summers.

The movie stars Henry Frost, Tom Proctor, Frank R. Wilson, Olivia Peck, Hick Cheramie and David E. McMahon.



Haunted by his tragic past, Jack Carre, a heavily-scarred introvert, volunteers for a Phase I clinical trial of a miraculous new tissue regeneration medication, dubbed “Obsidian.”

Soon, under the watchful surveillance of respected pharmacologist, Doctor James Walsh, Jack and the group of hopeful volunteers start to experience hellish side effects from the drug and soon find that the quest for vanity can be deadly…



“It’s not until the last twenty minutes that we get what we tuned in for and Obsidian’s side effects make themselves known. The result is some messy body horror and monster rampage that must have eaten a large chunk of whatever budget the film had […] At seventy to eighty minutes Obsidian would have worked nicely as a feature. At one hundred and one, it drags badly.” Voices from the Balcony

Cast and characters:

Henry Frost … Jack LeBlanc
Tom Proctor … Finn
Frank R. Wilson … Doctor James Walsh
Olivia Peck … Iris
Hick Cheramie … Mick
David E. McMahon … Alan
Barry Harrison Jr. Barry Harrison Jr.
Alana Rose … Eileen
Evan Guillory
Nickie Ayme … Kate
Rainey Moone … Jessica
Mattie Jean Rojas … Kelly
Bryan Bitton … Finn’s Mook
Jessica Coarsey
Patti Brindley … Reporter / Theresa Geautreaux
Dorey Bates … Creature #3
John Esperance … Creature
Alice Farris
Evan Guillory … Eddie
Melissa Hughes … Female Applicant
Breyanna Johnson … Nurse
Dan McCrory … Police Officer

Filming locations:

Denham Springs, Louisiana (Walsh’s office)
Gonzales, Louisiana (shed sequence)
Springfield, Louisiana (patient’s living quarters)

Technical details:

1 hour 41 minutes